Category: Current News

Challenges and Choices Consultation – Environment Agency

Water keeps us alive, drives our economy and sustains wildlife. Our rivers, lakes, canals, coasts and groundwater, and the essential services they provide society, are worth billions of pounds to the UK economy. However, wildlife and the benefits we get from our waters are threatened by the damage we are causing through development, industry, flood… Read more »

Replacement of European Structural Funds post EU-Exit: consultation

If the UK leaves the EU it will no longer receive European Structural Funds. The purpose of these funds is to “invest in job creation and a sustainable and healthy European economy and environment.”. In Scotland, they have played a vital role in reducing disparities between different parts of the country for over 40 years…. Read more »

Still Time to Have Your Say on the New Solway Coast AONB Management Plan

There is still time to have your say on the new Solway Coast AONB Management Plan Over the last 6 months the Solway Coast AONB team have consulted widely to find out what people value about the Solway Coast AONB and the priorities for those who live, work, visit and look after this special place…. Read more »

Consultation Events in Stranraer and Newton Stewart for the Draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy

The Consultation for the Draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy is now open. The Consultation will run from 18 December 2019 until 25 March 2020. Join the consultation event in Stranraer on Thursday 6 February or Newton Stewart on Friday 7 February for the Draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy. See posters below… Read more »

Vacancy for Marine Planning Policy Officer

Marine Scotland are currently seeking applications for a Marine Planning Policy Officer based in Glasgow or Edinburgh.  Marine Scotland is the lead marine management organisation in Scotland. It sits within DG Economy and is a part of the core Scottish Government. Its purpose is to manage Scotland’s seas for prosperity and environmental sustainability, working closely… Read more »

Draft North West Marine Plan

This week, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) launched the public consultation on the draft North East, draft North West, draft South East and draft South West Marine Plans. The consultation will be open between 14 January 2020 and 6 April 2020; stakeholders will be able to respond to the consultation for the draft North East,… Read more »

FIDRA News Jan 2020

The Fidra Newsletter for January 2020 is now out.  A few of the highlights are: One harmful chemical, BPA, has been banned from use in till receipts. 2020 marks Scotland’s Year of Coast and Waters FIDRA are celebrating YCW2020 with the Great Global Nurdle Hunt 13-22 March. Meanwhile our work on packaging continues as we… Read more »

MMO Proposed Bass Measures for 2020

The new TAC (Total Allowable Catch) regulations are expected to be published later in January 2020. In the meantime current regulations still apply. This means that in January 2020: commercial bass fisheries limits remain as outlined in 2019 bass authorisation letters for recreational bass fisheries it is catch and release only The 2019 bass guidance can… Read more »

River Basin Management Planning Update January 2020 – Significant Water Management Issues for Scotland

Scotland is renowned worldwide for the quality of its rivers, lochs, wetlands and seas. They are some of the country’s greatest natural assets; attracting visitors, contributing to the health and well-being of its people, supporting a rich diversity of wildlife and providing for the sustainable growth of its economy. Protecting and restoring our water environment… Read more »

Plunge In! Coasts and Waters Community Fund

A new fund has been launched for the Scottish Year of Coasts and Waters 2020! Scottish Natural Heritage has launched the new Coasts and Waters Community Fund, offering grants from £2,000 – £10,000 to help celebrate #YCW2020. This fund seeks to create opportunities for communities to connect with Scotland’s waters, celebrate in their own way… Read more »